UNIQUELY LA with Aaron Byrd
Dates: First Wednesdays // October – December // 11:30 am – 1 pm
Location: For Five Coffee at Wells Fargo Center // 333 S Grand Ave
Presenting unique experiences in unexpected places, Arts Brookfield invites you to take a break from the daily grind and join us for an array of live experiences that incorporate spoken word, music, and even magic in a quintessentially LA way.
Curated by local DJ, music mastermind, and event producer, Aaron Byrd, this series will include a free coffee for all attendees as well as a 10% discount on any lunch food item purchased at For Five Coffee during the performance.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Aaron Byrd has always had a desire and curiosity to seek out new experiences, people, places and, most of all, music. Having visited 17 countries (so far) and spending at least three hours a day listening to new music, it’s safe to say music and travel are his biggest passions in life.
His attraction to the unknown and thirst for discovery has fueled an eclectic and expansive taste in music, from the underground hip hop scene the LA native explored as a teenager to his love of Guaguanco from Cuba. An Engineering major at UCLA, it’s not surprising that he likes to dig into the roots of where things begin, from tango to trip hop. He fuses musical connections across all borders, boundaries and timelines because what he looks for is more than a catchy beat.
Since his start at KCRW in 2007, Byrd has appeared on the front page of the New York Times and in both the LA Times and LA Weekly. He is called on to curate a wide range of events around town, from post-performance events at the LA Opera to a weekly live performance series at a boutique West Hollywood hotel. As a DJ, Byrd has opened for Groove Armada, James Blake, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Little Dragon, and Jose James and is regularly featured at clubs around town.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
October 3: The musical foundation of LA-based innovator John Black—who has worked with Miles Davis, Fishbone, Dr. Dre, Nikka Costa, Eminem, and other A-list talents—was built during his childhood in Chicago. His first high profile gig was playing guitar for R&B hit man El DeBarge. But Black’s personal history as an experimenter goes back to 1989, when he began an eight-year tenure playing guitar and keyboards in pioneering ska-funk-punk band Fishbone.
“Oddly enough, I didn’t get into really deep old school blues until I was working with Miles and he recorded songs with John Lee Hooker for the soundtrack to a movie called The Hot Spot. That music affected me profoundly…if his music and Miles Davis’ could blend so beautifully, I should be able to find my own way of combining everything that I love. And that’s what The Soul of John Black is about.”
November 7: Los Angeles magician Michael Rangel is a magical entertainer who performs world-class magic at events of most any size and upscale private functions. Elegant, sophisticated, and poetic, Michael uses storytelling, magic, and metaphor to weave a rich tapestry of theater, mysticism, and illusion that not only mystifies, but is emotionally moving, and inspiring. Creating an experience unlike any other, he will open your mind, heart, and soul to the magic that surrounds us every day, and the magic and power inside of us all.
December 5: Boom Boom Boom performs aggressive Jungle Boogie Freestyle love songs for the dancefloor. May cause uncontrollable shaking of body parts, yelling, clapping, hollering, and in some cases enhanced mood.